The Andy Griffith Show

Season 6 Episode 18

The Legend of Barney Fife

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jan 17, 1966 on CBS
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Warren gets to meet his idol Barney Fife. Barney is thrilled to have someone worship him (at long last!) but tries to sneak out of town when a real case needs to be dealt with involving an escaped convict.

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  • Still in town for the class reunion, Barney decides to clear out in a hurry when an escaped prisoner is reportedly close by and looking to get revenge on him.

    9.0
    This is not only a great episode for Don Knotts, but a good one for Warren as well. Barney is more than a little wary about meeting his replacement Warren (who for some reason everybody says is doing a great job though we have seen precious little evidence of that in previous episodes) but changes his mind when he discovers Warren is an awe of him. For the first time, Warren is not annoying and kind of human. He worships Barney Fife and Barney is thrilled to be worshipped. It plays well for both characters.

    Seeing Barney back in uniform with the familiar Barney Fife theme music in the background in color for the first time is also a thrill. His reaction to an escaped prisoner looking to get revenge on him is totally in character (though I wish they'd made the prisoner a LOT more fearsome and threatening), as is the way Andy ends up catching the crook. What makes the episode so great is then Barney tries to give Warren the credit for the capture. He's had his time in the sun. Give the kid a chance. If this episode had come earlier in the season, perhaps that's just what the viewers and the creative team at AGS would have done. Instead this is Jack Burns last episode as Warren, even though some episodes filmed earlier in the year had not run yet.moreless
  • There's NO ONE like BARNEY FIFE!!

    9.5
    A very, very good episode with Warren actually helped by the presence of Barney Fife. This is extremely well written and delves into the psychology of Barney and "wraps things up" in away as Barney finally says Goodbye to Mayberry (although not for the last time) and realizes that he indeed has moved on. The last scene where Andy stares into the camera and agrees with Warren that Barney is something else, you can see the affection he has for him. It's quite touching. The bottom line is that the viewer agrees with Andy and Warren--there's no one else like Barney--and seeing him again makes us miss him just as if he lived in our town.moreless
Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith

Sheriff Andy Taylor

Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard) (opening credits only)

Frances Bavier

Frances Bavier

Aunt Bee Taylor

Frank Cady

Frank Cady

Farley Upchurch

Guest Star

Ted White

Ted White

Avery Noonan

Guest Star

Harry Holcombe

Harry Holcombe

Warden Hix

Guest Star

Don Knotts

Don Knotts

Barney Fife

Recurring Role

Jack Burns

Jack Burns

Deputy Warren Ferguson

Recurring Role

George Lindsey

George Lindsey

Goober Pyle

Recurring Role

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